NOW’s acquisition will expand its global reach with an established footprint in South America.
TORONTO, Jan. 13, 2022 /CNW/ – NowVertical Group Inc. (TSXV: NOW) (“NOW” or the “Company“), a global big data analytics software and services company, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding securities of CoreBI S.A. and CoreBI S.A.S. (together, “CoreBI”), an ISO 9000 certified data science and analytics firm that provides data engineering, big data, data governance, business intelligence and data science in South America (the “Transaction“).
“We are extremely pleased to reach another significant milestone in NOW’s evolution. Once completed, we will have established a significant global growth platform with new offices in Argentina, Colombia, and an established presence in Chile,” said Daren Trousdell, Chairman & CEO of NOW. “We have been vigorously pursuing the right addition to integrate and deploy NOW’s offering to the Latin American market, representing roughly 14 percent of the global big data analytics market*. CoreBI provides a market-leading team of experts, a solid software-agnostic technology implementation track-record and immediate access to customers already embracing data analytics professionalization across multiple verticals.”
Operating from two primary locations in Argentina (Buenos Aires & Cordoba), CoreBI was founded in 2006 by Leandro Srur and Mauricio Pinto. The company is focused on empowering bold decision-making for their customers through big data, data-driven consulting, business intelligence, advanced-analytical models, and data governance business insights. CoreBI currently services more than 20 marquee customers across the banking and finance, telecommunications, retail, energy, and pharmaceutical industries. With over 60 regional success stories, CoreBI works with some of the world’s most recognizable global enterprises, including Metlife Worldwide, Disney, Nike, Visa, and Raízen Energia, providing consulting services and software solutions across the big data analytics value chain. CoreBI generated net income of approximately US$0.6 million, US$5.8 million in revenue, and US$0.9 million in EBITDA* in 2021 (unaudited, on a consolidated basis).
“We are excited by the opportunity to integrate with NOW. This is a great opportunity to take our solutions offering to the next level by providing our clients with NOW’s operational scale and top-of-the-line technologies,” said Santiago Trogolo, Chief Executive Officer of CoreBI. “Joining forces with NOW is great for our customers, partners, and employees as we move to expand our offering, reach and impact, which will accelerate our mission to bring strategy, design and consulting services to the most ambitious brands in the region.”
* Source: https://www.fortunebusinessinsights.com/big-data-analytics-market-106179
* See Cautionary Note Regarding Non-IFRS Measures at the end of this release
Pursuant to the terms of a share purchase agreement dated January 12, 2022, the Company has agreed to acquire CoreBI for total aggregate consideration of up to US$8.0 million, consisting of (i) a cash payment of US$3.0 million on closing, (ii) a contingent cash payment of US$1.75 million payable on the 12-month anniversary of closing provided certain corporate objectives are satisfied and (iii) up to a maximum aggregate of US$3.25 million in the form of an earn-out, payable to the vendors on the first, second, third and fourth year anniversaries of closing upon CoreBI achieving certain adjusted EBITDA targets. Closing of the Transaction is subject to customary closing conditions.
About NowVertical Group Inc.
NOW is a big data, Vertical Intelligence (“VI“) software and services company that is growing organically and through acquisition. NOW’s VI solutions are organized by industry vertical and are built upon a foundational set of data technologies that fuse, secure, and mobilize data in a transformative and compliant way. The NOW product suite enables the creation of high-value VI solutions that are predictive in nature and drive automation specific to each high-value industry vertical. For more information about the Company, visit www.nowvertical.com.
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